Jake Gyllenhaal Set to Scale 'Everest' with Brolin, Clarke & Hawkes
Jake, Josh, Jason and John. No those aren't the names of the most recent boy band to top the charts, but rather the promising cast of Baltasar Kormakur's mountain climbing drama Everest, set up at Universal Pictures and produced by Working Title. Deadline has word that Jake Gyllenhaal, Josh Brolin, Jason Clarke and John Hawkes are all in talks to star in the film based on various books and interviews following the 1996 expedition to scale the dangerous mountain when climbers were blasted by a huge storm, claiming the lives of eight of the daredevils. Christian Bale was once in talks to star in the film, but he's no longer involved at this point. In addition, Gyllenhaal has another project on his plate for this fall. Read on!
Everest will keep Gyllenhaal busy in November, but before that, the actor has done some schedule shuffling. Originally, the actor was going to take the leap to big screen musicals with Disney's Into the Woods, which also features the talents of Johnny Depp, Meryl Streep, Anna Kendrick and Emily Blunt. But now the actor has opted to star in a film called Nightcrawler instead. The Wrap reports the film will mark the directorial The Bourne Legacy writer Dan Gilroy with Gyllenhaal producing the film (which explains why he had to leave the Disney musical despite trying to make the schedule work). The actor will shoot the film in October, and the story follows a small-time Los Angeles criminal who gets a little too swept up in the nocturnal world of the city's crime journalism community. Honestly, I would've rather seen Gyllenhaal in a musical, but that's the way the cookie crumbles. We're definitely looking forward to both of these projects.